BILSTON TOWN 3 LYE TOWN 2
An excellent first half performance set the Steelmen up for a surprise win over Smedley Crooke Cup favourites Lye Town at Queen Street.
The only step 5 side in the competition were more than matched by the home side with Seegu Sebbeh firing home from the spot and a cool finish from Jason Hewitt putting the underdogs 2-0 ahead.
Lye pulled one back before the break but the lead could have been more with a number of set pieces wasted and a Sufyan Zia free-kick going narrowly the wrong side of the post.
Early in the second half great work from Taimoor on the left set up Nathan Jackson to play a perfect pass off the crossbar (!) for Sebbeh to smash home his second and restore the two goal cushion.
Poor marking led to Lye pulling a goal back just before the hour and the home side had to dig deep to prevent an equaliser with Harry Radford making a couple of key saves when the defence were breached.
It was not all one way traffic though and Bilston could have added a fourth with Taimoor seeing a volley saved, Jackson firing wide when inside the box and Matty Barnett’s long range shot just clearing the bar.
As cup shocks go it was certainly not on the Ronnie Radford scale but Bilston showed they can compete with an experienced step 5 side – now just to extend the first 45 minutes to a full 90 on Saturday at Wellington!
Round two sees us host Pershore Town of the MFL Division One, a date will be advised as soon as we know.
(C) Article taken from Bilston Town Community FC’s facebook page.